Institute Design

The overall design of the PKAL STEM Leadership Institute is grounded in theories of leadership, adult learning, and social psychology. These theories are translated into practice through a uniquely-designed curriculum that heavily relies upon experiential learning exercises as a means of reinforcing didactic learning and building leadership self-efficacy. Additionally, the Institute strategically utilizes a blending of reflection and introspection—along with a variety of other approaches that include case studies, role-playing, and collaborative problem-solving exercises.

Each Institute is led by a team of mentors, all of whom are trained in the principles and practice of evidence based coaching. Institute Mentors are responsible for constructing the content and delivery of all Institute sessions, as well as framing the one-on-one mentoring and coaching of participants within the context of their lived experiences.  

A Typical Day at the Institute

6:15 a.m.

Morning Salutation (Optional)

7:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Morning Initiative & Reflection

8:45 a.m.

Morning Session: Framing My Challenges and Understanding My Opportunities

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Experiential Learning Exercise: Systems Thinking and Perspective

4:15 p.m.

Guided Reflection for Leadership

6:15 p.m.


7:15 p.m.

Evening Session: Leading Change: What Does It Look Like and How Do I Get There?

9:00 p.m.

The Leaders Lounge: Reception (Optional)